The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show
The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show (also known as The New Adventures of Tom and Jerry) is an American animated television program produced by Filmation for MGM Television featuring the popular cartoon duo Tom and Jerry. The show first aired on September 6, 1980 on CBS and continued until December 13, 1980. Its episodes were eventually added to syndicated Tom and Jerry packages in 1983. Episodes of the show also occasionally appeared on Cartoon Network and Boomerang.
|The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show|
|Also known as||The New Adventures of Tom and Jerry|
|Creative director||Don Christensen|
|Theme music composer||Ray Ellis|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||15 (45 segments) (list of episodes)|
|Distributor||MGM Television Distribution|
|Original release||September 6 –|
December 13, 1980
|Preceded by||The Tom & Jerry Show|
|Followed by||Tom & Jerry Kids|
The series is the fifth incarnation of the popular Tom and Jerry cartoon franchise, and the second made-for-television production. The series was notable in being the first attempt since the closing of the MGM studio in the 1950s to restore the original format of the cat and mouse team. After the original 114 theatrical shorts run of the William Hanna-Joseph Barbera directed series, the characters were leased to other animation studios which changed the designs, and eliminated all of the supporting characters. The previous made-for-TV Tom and Jerry Show for the ABC network in 1975 was produced by Hanna and Barbera under their own studio (with MGM), but had made the cat and mouse friends in most of the episodes, due to the reaction against violence in cartoons. The version by Filmation (Hanna-Barbera's leading competitor for TV animation at the time) was able to restore the familiar slapstick chase format, and reintroduced not only Tyke and Nibbles (here named "Tuffy"), but also some of the other MGM stars. Half-hour shows would consist of two seven-minute Tom and Jerry episodes, plus one Droopy cartoon in the middle, featuring some other characters such as Barney Bear.
Spike from Tom and Jerry was used in many of these Droopy episodes as well, filling in for the other "Spike" bulldog created by Tex Avery for the old Droopy films, who was not used as a separate character here. The villainous wolf from the classic series was also included, and named "Slick Wolf". While still under the "Seal of Good Practice" code, the "Red Hot Riding Hood" character would not reappear until the following made for TV series, Tom & Jerry Kids, in 1990. Characters not seen in this series of Tom and Jerry shorts are Butch, Quacker, Topsy, Lightning and Toodles Galore. The show's opening begins with Tom chasing Jerry through a blank yellow screen. They continue chasing, as all of the other stars build a giant "Tom & Jerry" sign (similar to the second opening of Tom & Jerry Kids). The familiar rotating executive producer credit of Lou Scheimer and Norm Prescott briefly runs as Tom chases Jerry past the screen, knocking things over and running over others along the way. After the opening sequence, the wraparound segments, hosted by Droopy, would begin. He would start by painting the whole background with a single large brush stroke (making stylistic use of Filmation's characteristic "limited animation" technique), and he and the other speaking characters would engage in brief comedic sketches (like Droopy's opening poem in one of them "Roses are red, violets are blue, painting's my job, that's what I do; cute and somewhat wet").
In addition to the animation, the show was characterized by a very limited music score; all of the episodes, both Tom & Jerry and Droopy, used the same stock music, mostly created new for the series, but consisting of only a handful of largely synthesized tunes, either with minor variations or played at different speeds or pitches. This did match the chase scenes, but gave the episodes a very monotonous soundtrack, making these episodes "stand out" to many Tom and Jerry viewers when they aired. Where the original series and the third series by Chuck Jones would have favorable endings for Tom occasionally, this series followed the second series by Gene Deitch in never having definite "wins" for Tom. Also similar to the Deitch films is the character design, in them being drawn similar to the original, but still slightly different. The Droopy episodes would usually feature Slick and sometimes Spike being antagonists to Droopy. Barney had miscellaneous roles, such as being the boss of movie studio guard Droopy in "Star Crossed Wolf", and a frightful companion to Droopy in a haunted house in "Scared Bear".
The show was originally going to be called The Cat and Jam Comedy Show.
Frank Welker and Filmation head Lou Scheimer provided the voices for the first six episodes. Welker voiced Spike, Tyke (in "The Puppy Sitter"; the character was silent in the wraparound segments), Droopy, Slick, Barney, Tom's owner and other characters. Lou Scheimer voiced Tom, Jerry, Tuffy (erroneously giving him an adult voice, although his voice sounded appropriately higher and childlike in the wraparound segments before "Droopy's Restless Night", "Pest in the West", "Getting the Foot", "Old Mother Hubbard" and "The Great Mousini"), Slick in the wraparound segments before "Droopy's Restless Night", "Invasion of the Mouse Snatchers", "The Incredible Droop", "Incredible Shrinking Cat", "When the Rooster Crows" and "School for Cats", Barney in the wraparound segments before "Pest in the West", "The Incredible Droop", "The Plaid Baron Strikes Again", "Incredible Shrinking Cat", "When the Rooster Crows", "School for Cats" and "Pied Piper Puss" and "The Incredible Droop", Spike in the wraparound segments before "Invasion of the Mouse Snatchers", "Scared Bear" and "School for Cats" and "School for Cats", and other characters. From the seventh episode onward, Welker voiced Droopy, while the other male characters in the Tom and Jerry and Droopy segments (including Spike, Slick, Barney and Tom's owner) were voiced by Scheimer. Welker's voice was also heard in the eighth, 12th, 13th and 14th episodes as Nibbles, Slick, Barney and other characters. Additional voices were done by Lennie Weinrib, Norm Prescott, Jay Scheimer, Erika Scheimer and other voice actors, with Jay, Erika and other actresses voicing the female characters, although Welker voiced two of them and Lou Scheimer voiced twelve of them.
- Frank Welker – Spike and Tyke (episodes 1–6), Tuffy (episode 8), Droopy, Slick (episodes 1–6, episode 12, episode 14), Barney Bear (episodes 1–6, episode 8), additional voices (episodes 1–5, episode 8, episodes 13–14)
- Lou Scheimer – Tom, Jerry, Spike (wraparound segments, episodes 6–15), Tuffy, Slick (wraparound segments, episodes 7–15), Barney Bear (wraparound segments, episode 4, episodes 7–15), additional voices
- Norm Prescott – Additional voices (episode 6, episode 11)
- Jay Scheimer – Additional voices (episode 2, episode 6, episode 12)
- Erika Scheimer – Additional voices (episode 1, episode 6)
- Lennie Weinrib – Additional voices (episode 3, episode 14)
|No.||Title||Written by||Original air date|
|1a||"Farewell, Sweet Mouse"||Jack Hanrahan|
|September 6, 1980|
|On a rainy night, while being disrupted by Jerry, Tom throws him out. Believing him to be dead, Tom is tricked into thinking Jerry is a ghost.|
|1b||"Droopy's Restless Night"||Jack Hanrahan||September 6, 1980|
|Slick Wolf is the construction foreman on a building. Droopy and Spike are his workers. Droopy keeps getting Spike in trouble with the boss all day. Droopy falls asleep, and as he sleeps, Spike has him finish the building. Slick comes in the next day and congratulates Droopy, while Spike is stuck behind a brick wall.|
|1c||"New Mouse in the House"||Jack Hanrahan||September 6, 1980|
|Tom uses a remote control female mouse (voiced by Frank Welker) to lure and trap Jerry, but his plans backfire and his owner kicks him out.|
|2a||"Heavy Booking"||Mike Joens||September 13, 1980|
|Tom chases Jerry in a library where Jerry tries to make noise to wake the enormous sleeping librarian named Hilda and a baby (voiced by Lou Scheimer), whom Hilda is babysitting.|
|2b||"Matterhorn Droopy"||Charlie Howell||September 13, 1980|
|Droopy wants to be a rescue dog. Pretending to own the rescue dog school, Slick Wolf takes his money and tries to do him in without any success.|
|2c||"The Puppy Sitter"||Jack Hanrahan|
|September 13, 1980|
|While Tom is left with Spike's little son Tyke, trying to keep him amused, Jerry tries to make Tom's job difficult.|
|3a||"Most Wanted Cat"||Jack Hanrahan|
|September 20, 1980|
|Tired of Jerry toying with him, Tom leaves the house. Jerry tries hard to get Tom back before his owner calls pest control.|
|3b||"Pest in the West"||Coslough Johnson||September 20, 1980|
|Droopy is a stagecoach driver. Slick Wolf and Spike make several attempts to rob the coach (with Spike frequently dressing in drag to stop the coach), but they are not successful, and they eventually land in jail.|
|3c||"Cat in the Fiddle"||Jack Hanrahan|
|September 20, 1980|
|Tom plays a violin, but Jerry tries to stop Tom due to his cacophonic tunes and they trash the orchestra.|
|4a||"Invasion of the Mouse Snatchers"||Eddie Fitzgerald||September 27, 1980|
|Tom tricks Jerry into thinking he is an alien that is going to blow up Earth. Jerry gets revenge by activating his secret weapon.|
|4b||"The Incredible Droop"||Coslough Johnson||September 27, 1980|
|An Oriental mad scientist (voiced by Frank Welker) has invented a mystery ray gun. He tells Droopy and Barney Bear to guard it from people. Droopy must protect it from falling into the wrong hands by using a rather unusual method: a Jekyll and Hyde formula. Slick Wolf tries to steal it, but Droopy keeps turning into a large monster, who then beats him up. Droopy frees himself and Barney from Slick's trap, and chases Slick away.|
|4c||"The Plaid Baron Strikes Again"||Coslough Johnson|
|September 27, 1980|
|Tom chases Jerry as he flies in a model airplane, destroying Spike's big model airplane in the process.|
|5a||"Incredible Shrinking Cat"||Coslough Johnson|
|October 4, 1980|
|Jerry gets hold of a mad scientist's (voiced by Frank Welker) size modifier in order to shrink Tom and enlarge himself.|
|5b||"Scared Bear"||Coslough Johnson||October 4, 1980|
|Droopy and Barney explore an old house looking for treasure. Slick Wolf decides to scare them off by disguising himself as a ghost.|
|5c||"When the Rooster Crows"||Coslough Johnson||October 4, 1980|
|Jerry uses a stranded circus rooster (voiced by Lou Scheimer) to rudely awaken Tom, but it gives itself away with an intensified crowing.|
|6a||"School for Cats"||Jim Mueller|
|October 11, 1980|
|Tom is sent to a military school for cats, coached by Spike. Jerry makes Tom's rigorous training a torment.|
|6b||"Disco Droopy"||Jack Hanrahan||October 11, 1980|
|Droopy enters a disco contest at the Slipped Disco nightclub. His opponent is a conceited Slick Wolf, and the master of ceremonies is Spike. Despite Slick's many attempts to beat Droopy, he loses the contest and Droopy wins.|
|6c||"Pied Piper Puss"||Coslough Johnson||October 11, 1980|
|Tom is sent to catch Jerry and Tuffy using a flute to lure them, until Tuffy gets a hold of it.|
|7a||"Under the Big Top"||Coslough Johnson||October 18, 1980|
|Jerry gets Tom involved in a circus act and proceeds to make his act a dangerous and humiliating performance.|
|7b||"Lumber Jerks"||Coslough Johnson||October 18, 1980|
|Droopy and Slick Wolf are competing against each other in a series of lumber-related games.|
|7c||"Gopher It, Tom"||Jack Hanrahan|
|October 18, 1980|
|Tom is sent by his master to catch a gopher (voiced by Lou Scheimer) eating the garden vegetables, but Jerry thwarts his efforts.|
|October 25, 1980|
|Tom and Jerry outsmart each other to get one of them locked outside the house.|
|8b||"Getting the Foot"||Jack Hanrahan||October 25, 1980|
|Droopy and Slick Wolf are photographers for the Daily Bugle. They are assigned to get a picture of Bigfoot (voiced by Lou Scheimer), and Slick tries various schemes to sabotage Droopy's pictures, including dressing in drag as a female Bigfoot. Droopy ends up getting his pictures, and Bigfoot throws Slick in the newspaper press.|
|8c||"Kitty Hawk Kitty"||Jack Hanrahan||October 25, 1980|
|In 1908, Tom was chosen to be the test pilot of the Wright Brothers' (voiced by Lou Scheimer) airplane, but Jerry was credited for a successful flight.|
|9a||"Get Along, Little Jerry"||Coslough Johnson||November 1, 1980|
|Tom chases Jerry on a Texas ranch, where he causes inconvenience for Spike and gets entangled in cowboy events.|
|9b||"Star-crossed Wolf"||Jack Hanrahan||November 1, 1980|
|Slick Wolf tries to get in a Hollywood movie studio known as Behemoth Studio, only to be foiled by security guard Droopy.|
|9c||"Spike's Birthday"||Jack Hanrahan||November 1, 1980|
|Jerry takes advantage of Tom, who is left to guard Spike's party food, and Tom barely escapes his predicament.|
|10a||"No Museum Peace"||Coslough Johnson||November 8, 1980|
|Tom chases after Jerry and Tuffy around a museum to get his fish back, but Spike keeps kicking him out.|
|10b||"A Day at the Bakery"||Jack Hanrahan||November 8, 1980|
|Droopy and Spike work in a bakery managed by Barney. When they are assigned to make a cake for a female movie celebrity named Farah Wolfhound (voiced by Lou Scheimer), they compete to design the best cake. Eventually, Spike delivers the cake to Farah, who is surprised by seeing Droopy inside the cake.|
|10c||"Mouse Over Miami"||Jack Hanrahan||November 8, 1980|
|Spike restricts Tom from catching Jerry, but Tom tries to anyway and Spike sends Tom back to his house in the middle of winter.|
|11a||"The Trojan Dog"||Coslough Johnson||November 15, 1980|
|Jerry uses a robot dog to scare off Tom and access the fridge. Tom tries to use a Trojan dog to get at Jerry, but the plan backfires.|
|11b||"Foreign Legion Droopy"||Coslough Johnson||November 15, 1980|
|Droopy is sent out on a dangerous assignment-he must track down the wolf in sheik's clothing!|
|11c||"Pie in the Sky"||Jim Mueller||November 15, 1980|
|A peckish Tom chases Jerry around a construction site, getting pinned down by Spike.|
|12a||"Save That Mouse"||Coslough Johnson||November 22, 1980|
|Tom's owner's sister mistakes Jerry for a hamster and will not let Tom touch him.|
|12b||"Old Mother Hubbard"||Jack Hanrahan||November 22, 1980|
|Droopy is in Storybook Land. Red Riding Hood is delivering food to Grandma's house, and Slick Wolf tries to steal the food. Droopy foils Slick, and he goes to visit Goldilocks. She lives with three gorillas (subletted from the Three Bears) (voiced by Lou Scheimer), and while Slick looks for food to steal, the gorillas return and chase him away.|
|12c||"Say What?"||Jack Hanrahan||November 22, 1980|
|Tom's owner has received a parrot named Bertram (voiced by Lou Scheimer). When Tom rounds on him, Bertram and Jerry work together to make Tom's chase into double trouble.|
|13a||"Superstocker"||Coslough Johnson||November 29, 1980|
|Tom chases Jerry in a supermarket in order to protect the food products. They both end up trashing the place.|
|13b||"Droopy's Good Luck Charm"||Coslough Johnson||November 29, 1980|
|Slick Wolf sells Droopy a good-luck charm for $5. Spike tells him that it was really a good-luck charm, and the two try various ways of getting it back, with their attempts backfiring each time. Spike offers to buy it back for $10, and Droopy sells it back to him. Slick and Spike see a sidewalk salesman (voiced by Lou Scheimer) selling about 30 of them, and Slick chases after Spike for wasting their money.|
|13c||"The Great Mousini"||Jack Hanrahan||November 29, 1980|
|Jerry joins a circus as the escape artist Mousini with Tom as his co-star. They lose their jobs after their latest performance.|
|14a||"Jerry's Country Cousin"||Jack Hanrahan||December 6, 1980|
|Jerry's identical, yet strong cousin (voiced by Lou Scheimer) comes to visit. Tom retreats after Jerry's cousin ruins his mistress' daughter's wedding buffet with a herd of pigs.|
|14b||"The Great Diamond Heist"||Coslough Johnson||December 6, 1980|
|Inspector Droopy searches for a stolen diamond.|
|14c||"Mechanical Failure"||Coslough Johnson||December 6, 1980|
|Tom's owner has brought a robot maid (voiced by Lou Scheimer), which Tom and Jerry use against each other until it goes out of control.|
|15a||"A Connecticut Mouse In King Arthur's Cork"||Coslough Johnson||December 13, 1980|
|Tom dreams his chase with Jerry as a medieval quest scenario.|
|15b||"The Great Train Rubbery"||Jack Hanrahan||December 13, 1980|
Droopy is the mail clerk on a train out West, and receives a package to deliver to a bank. Slick Wolf hears this, and he proceeds to try and steal it, figuring that it must be money. After a number of attempts, he succeeds, but is arrested by the sheriff. The package contains not cash, but "Wanted" posters for Slick Wolf. Droopy receives the reward for his capture.|
Note: This is the final Droopy short.
|15c||"Stage Struck"||Coslough Johnson||December 13, 1980|
Jealous of Spike's appreciation for Jerry's dance talent, Tom tries to interfere, but they go along with their performance.Note: This is the final Tom and Jerry short and the final segment of the series overall.
Warner Bros. currently owns the rights to The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show via Turner Entertainment. However, due to the show's negative reception and legal issues involving MGM outsourcing the animation to Filmation, Warner Bros. has no plans for a DVD box set of the show. However, one episode, "Jerry's Country Cousin", did surface on the 70th anniversary DVD collection in 2010. All 30 Tom and Jerry segments of this incarnation (along with 8 Droopy segments) are available on the Boomerang app.
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